Hurricane Florence Prompts Mandatory Evacuations In Virginia

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NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas - which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday that Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and continuing to intensify.

A story of this magnitude can cause cause catastrophic damage due to storm surge and destructive winds. He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and enormous rainfall flooding may take hold of the area. The storm is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Florence was upgraded twice Monday to a Category 4.

Cooper and his counterparts in South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland all declared states of emergency. "Whipping out store shelves of water and other supplies".

In Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the storm's path, long-time residents were busy preparing.

There have been many years when multiple tropical cyclones develop in succession like a tropical Congo line dancing across the Atlantic Ocean.

So far, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents and visitors in some coastal areas of the state, while other counties only issued them for those in low lying and "flood prone" areas.

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend has already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, and the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for part of the Potomac River.

"With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision", Michael Glassner of the Trump Campaign said in a statement.

Hurricane Florence was traveling over warm Atlantic waters and gaining energy as it moved 625 miles southeast of Bermuda Monday.

The storm is expected to reach SC and North Carolina later this week.

Latest forecasts have Florence making landfall in the vicinity of Wilmington, North Carolina Thursday evening/night.

As for a hit on the US mainland, the most recent Cat 4 at landfall was Hurricane Harvey previous year, which hit Texas with winds of 130 miles per hour.

On Sunday, Florence reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office warned of "catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages", cautioning that the deadliest risk would come from flooding.

"Plan for the worst, pray for the best". He encouraged people to learn evacuation routes and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

It is hard to imagine the kind of destruction a cat 4 hurricane can create at landfall.

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